Domestic Violence is usually a pattern of behaviour aimed at controlling the victim. However, in some circumstances it may be an incident of physical violence in response to the other person’s ongoing patterns of power and control. It also includes situations where a child or a young person experiences, hears or witnesses, or is otherwise exposed to the effects of such behavior.
The following behaviours can all be defined as forms of Domestic Violence. These are repeatedly used and can happen all at once or at the same time to control a partner and family.
This may be punching, pushing or injuring others with objects or weapons. It also harming or threatening to harm pets.
Psychological, Emotional and Verbal Abuse
Bullying, constant put-downs, name calling and comments that constantly undermine your sense of self are all forms of emotional abuse.
Being refused/denied access to money and finances;
Damage to Property
Stalking and Harassment
Worrying or frightening you by watching, phoning or following you, or through the use of electronic communications and social media.